Independence, MO asked in Employment Law for Missouri

Q: Ineligible due to missed 4 week report, appealing to Missouri Court level due to missed hearing, do I need lawyer?

I missed my friday afternoon 4 week reporting. I realized it after the fact and on the following Monday I went online and rescheduled it for the next Friday, 1 week after scheduled. I attended that time. I was found to be ineligible due to not reporting (unavailable for work) until I reported. I reported but my status never changed. I appealed but missed my telephone hearing because I thought they were going to call me instead of the other way around. Then I was late filing the next appeal so they didn't even look at my case. I have now appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals so try to get them to see that I did report, just a week late. Is this something I can do on my own or should I get a lawyer to assist me? If I can do it myself, where do I get advice on what I should and shouldn't do? Where can I find info on past cases that involved late filings/missed reporting/missed hearings? I've read a lot of stuff online and it's less than definitive saying may instead of will be denied.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg

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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Read this publication from the Court of Appeals. https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=128333 Appeals are complicated and most pro se litigants lose because they fail to file a compliant brief. Hire and attorney with appeallate experience if you can afford one.

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